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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Jarinyanu Dancing at Broome Festival, 1990 Jarinyanu David Downs
Jarinyanu Dancing at Broome Festival, 1990 Jarinyanu David Downs
Jarinyanu Dancing at Broome Festival, 1990 Jarinyanu David Downs

Jarinyanu Dancing at Broome Festival, 1990 Jarinyanu David Downs

Portrait, natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Jarinyanu David Downs, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Jarinyanu David Downs, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Jarinyanu David Downs, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Jarinyanu David Downs, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Shirley Purdie

Contributing artists

Born: 1947, Gilbun – Mabel Downs Station, WA
Works: Warmun, WA

Paddy Bedford, 2003 Jim Anderson
Paddy Bedford, 2003 Jim Anderson
Paddy Bedford, 2003 Jim Anderson

Paddy Bedford, 2003 Jim Anderson

Portrait, inkjet print on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Goollabal (Rainbow Serpent), 2018 by Shirley Purdie

Memories

General content

The second row of paintings recall stories relating to specific sites, experiences and activities.

"Western Australia" Sir Frederick Bedford (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1903 Sir Leslie Ward
"Western Australia" Sir Frederick Bedford (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1903 Sir Leslie Ward
"Western Australia" Sir Frederick Bedford (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1903 Sir Leslie Ward

"Western Australia" Sir Frederick Bedford (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1903 Sir Leslie Ward

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes

Sir Henry Barkly

Portrait story

An interview with former National Portrait Gallery Director, Andrew Sayers, who describes the portrait of Sir Henry Barkly by Thomas Clark.

Thilin-Thilin Gooragall Nyajaringil Garnkiny-nu (white gum tree, mother for the moon), 2018 by Shirley Purdie

Storytelling

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The fourth row of paintings interweave Ngarranggarni, memories, relationships and Country.

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson
Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson
Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of Kev Carmody, Song Cycles Pty Ltd.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.